Coach on the floor: When this senior excels, so does Sacred Heart-Griffin girls basketball
Meghan Wegner does all of the little things right.
The veteran Sacred Heart-Griffin guard instructs teammates, sets up effective screens and distributes the ball inside — all of the intangibles that don’t show up in the scorebook, plus more.
“It’s fun being a leader,” Wegner said. “I like trying to teach them new things.”
A COACH IN THE MAKING?
Consider the City Tournament contest against Springfield High at the Bank of Springfield Center.
With SHG trailing 46-44 with 6.3 seconds remaining, Wegner provided the pivotal screen to give Cheresse Mitchell the open 3-pointer to win the electrifying Jan. 22 contest 47-46.
“The little things are everything,” Wegner said. “The screen got her a wide-open shot. That’s what we need me to do in that specific moment.”
Wegner additionally served as a veritable traffic guide in a 48-37 win at Chatham Glenwood on Feb. 4. She signaled to teammates and pointed them where to go to help burn the clock and preserve the late lead against the Titans.
“You’ve got to do that as a leader on the team,” Wegner said after the win.
It’s no wonder Wegner is considering possibly becoming a coach someday.
“Maybe, we’ll see,” said Wegner, who also averages a team-leading 10.5 points per game to boot.
TOUGH AS NAILS
That’s what the Cyclones (17-11 overall, 13-4 CS8) have come to expect out of their only senior. The rest of the starting lineup includes three sophomores (Caroline Lambert, Maggie Fleischli and Callie Huston) and one junior (Mitchell).
“Meghan's been on a little bit of an island,” SHG coach Steve Klunick said. “She's been a really good leader for us on and off the court.
“We're all learning, so Meghan's got to step up and be the sole leader and she's done a great job of that.”
Fleischli said Wegner especially inspires toughness.
“She's the only senior, so I'm sure it's hard for her,” Fleischli said. “But she's doing a really good job leading, and she's literally the only one that's been through this. For everyone else, it's completely new, so she's doing a really good job showing us the ropes.”
WEIGHT ON HER SHOULDERS
Only Wegner appeared in all 17 games last season. The rest graduated.
As one of the first players off the bench, Wegner averaged 4.8 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. That team went 16-1 and a few of her former teammates such as Sofie Lowis, Addison Scarlette and Emily Brenneisen have gone on to play college ball.
Wegner said the weight is on her shoulders now.
“They all made me tough,” Wegner said. “Addison in particular. She was a super tough player. She definitely pushed everybody. I think all of them did actually.”
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